Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had purchased the materials that she needed to create a homework folder, and had used it for the past week. To prepare for the remainder of the week, we went through exactly when each assignment was due, and when she would do the assignment. She often said she would do an assignment 'during Learn,' which is a 40 minute period during the day where students have free work time. However, I wanted to stress that she cannot bank on using Learn to do all her work. We made a day-by-day schedule for homework, and during Learn work. Determining when she will accomplish the work is a skill the student and I will continue to work on together in sessions. This time, I walked her through making the day-by-day schedule, and wrote it down. In the next semester, I hope to have her planning and completing this task list independently. The student and I also reviewed an English assignment, which included an 'actor's journal' essay and a 'production journal' essay. She had partially written the 'actor's journal,' which we reviewed together. I encouraged her to review the content of her essay, and compare it to what the assignment suggested and the grading rubric would score. She was able to add several additional points (actor role in group, physicality, etc.) that she had previously left out. We also identified a couple different ways to organize the essay, and she chose one to write to. I outlined how to do the same steps for the production journal, which she agreed to work on that same evening."
"The student and I met to prepare for her last two exams - English and French. While she felt comfortable with earlier French material, missing the last 2 weeks of class put her behind in vocabulary and some grammar concepts. We reviewed the vocabulary and briefly went through some of the study guide with me quizzing her along the way. In English, she was most concerned about the essay she would have to write. Following an outline provided by her teacher, we discussed how the different texts she read this semester could be blended together - picking out specific details to discuss. Although she can't bring the sheet tomorrow, this exercise will help her organize her thoughts for the essay. I quizzed her on the vocabulary in English as well - saying words and having her provide me with the definition. She did excellently in this section and should be completely prepared. I advised her to continue studying for French, particularly the sections she was 100% sure of, and to briefly review the grammar concepts of English, despite her assurance that she would be fine."
"The student was really proactive and finished all of his homework for the week already. Today I reinforced the study techniques that I would like him to keep trying to implement in the future. His social studies quiz tomorrow should go well if he continues studying the way we did tonight. I was quizzing him on the concepts and if he didn't know them, I'd ask him something else and come right back to the concept he struggled with. And then a few minutes later I'd come back to it again. Each time he was more comfortable with them. I told him to continue quizzing himself tonight. He has been assigned some homework for over the break but he did a little bit of it tonight and he intends to finish it before the end of the week so that he does not have to stress about it while on a break from school."
"We reviewed his history project/final test that he had due on Friday. He has done a great job at bumping that grade up from where he started at the beginning of the grading period. He needs to write neater and use spellcheck more often. We have worked on that throughout the semester and will continue to do so."
"The student and I studied for his biology final on Thursday. We also discussed making flash cards tonight. I stressed that flash cards are only useful if made ahead of time. I also suggested he continue to read more about the New Testament and finish the flash cards in order to study for English, as well as possibly reading up on some of his biology textbook."
"The student completed a lot more of her math assignment. She did great and was able to answer all of the questions on the assessment with no help."